World number one Osaka in shock split with coach

Tanya Simon
February 12, 2019

WIth Bajin as coach, Osaka rose from number 72 to the very summit of the world rankings in a year, winning back-to-back Grand Slams at the US Open and Australian Open. In response, he thanked her and wished her good luck.

Japanese media cited Osaka's management company IMG in reporting that there had been a breakdown in the player's relationship with the coach since the start of the year.

The 21-year-old, who won the Australian Open last month and the US Open last year, announced on Monday that their successful partnership had come to an end.

"Thank you Naomi. I wish you nothing but the best as well".

Less than a half-hour after Osaka's tweet, Bajin responded to her on Twitter. What a ride that was.

During that period, she won the prestigious Indian Wells tournament before scooping her first major in NY, while Bajin was named WTA coach of the year.

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Osaka hired Bajin ahead of the 2018 WTA season and the pair didn't take long to click on court.

He is a former hitting partner of Grand Slam champions Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki.

Osaka, who is scheduled to compete in Dubai next week, began sounding out potential replacements late past year, local media reported.

Those back-to-back victories made Osaka the first woman to win two major championships in a row since Williams picked up four straight in 2014-15.

She was born in Japan - her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian - and moved to the United States when she was 3.

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